We all would love to slow down the Ageing process and now Researchers agree that these edibles have healing powers that can help keep you in top shape, inside and out. Start noshing on them now to save face later.
Reddish-orange foods like tomato and watermelon, which are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, increase your protection against harmful UV rays from the inside out. Both vitamins settle into skin’s outer layer, where their antioxidant action helps repair cells damaged by sunlight. In one French study, the duelling duo helped improve markers of skin defence against UV rays by as much as 20 per cent. V8 juice is a source of both nutrients—just make yours the low-sodium version; why risk bloating from heavy salt intake?
While lotion is a great remedy to fight dry, flaky skin, changing your diet can prevent parching in the first place. The best way to keep your outer layer lubricated is to increase your intake of healthy fats. “Fat is a nutrient that protects all cells, including your skin cells,” says Dr Kristine Clark, director of sports nutrition at Pennsylvania State University in the USA. If you consume too little fat, your skin becomes brittle. Salmon is a great choice, but rainbow trout has almost as much eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—an omega-3 fatty acid that stops the stress chemical cortisol from boiling over. EPA makes trout true vanity fare because it stimulates the repair of skin cells.
Eating as little as 1 tablespoon of citrus zest each week may reduce your risk of skin cancer by nearly 30 per cent. “Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit contain d-limonene, a potent antioxidant known to reduce skin cancer risk,” says Dr Iman Hakim of the Arizona College of Public Health. Use a zester to scrape the peel (not the bitter white pith underneath), and add a pinch to salads, smoothies, or marinades.
For more information; Australian Women’s Health